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British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-51 - Richard J. Aldrich

British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-51

By: Richard J. Aldrich (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th July 1992
ISBN: 9780415078511
Number Of Pages: 368

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The Cold War is often considered to be the quintessential intelligence conflict, and a range of studies have focused on the diplomacy of this critical period. Yet over the last two decades, intelligence has remained the "missing dimension" of Britain's Cold War history. "British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-1951" examines the clandestine aspects of British policy, with particular emphasis on the key themes of intelligence and strategy.
The contributors, an international group of North American and British scholars, present an authoritative picture of Britain's post-World War II intelligence activities based on previously neglected documentary sources. They provide a detailed examination of the role of the British defectors Philby, Burgess, and Maclean, Anglo-American special operations against the Eastern bloc, strategic struggles between Prime Minister Attlee and Montgomery and the military dimension of Britain's plans for leadership of a "Third Force" as a rival to the Soviet and American blocs.
The Cold War is a prominent issue of our time, and this book will be of interest to students of international and modern political history, political science, international relations, and intelligence history.

Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Intelligence, strategy and the Cold Warp. 1
Secret intelligence for a post-war world: reshaping the British intelligence community, 1944-51p. 15
Anglo-Soviet intelligence co-operation and roads to the Cold Warp. 50
Covert action within British and American concepts of containment, 1948-51p. 65
A very British crusade: the Information Research Department and the beginning of the Cold Warp. 85
British Cold War defectors: the versatile, durable toys of propagandistsp. 111
'We must cut our coat according to our cloth': the making of British defence policy, 1945-8p. 143
The 'Western Union' concept and British defence policy, 1947-8p. 166
Britain's strategy for Europe: must West Germany be rearmed? 1949-51p. 193
In the back room: Anglo-American defence co-operation, 1945-51p. 215
The rise and decline of a strategic concept: the Middle East, 1945-51p. 236
British strategy and the end of Empire: South Asia, 1945-51p. 275
South East Asia and British strategy, 1944-51p. 308
Select bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 339
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415078511
ISBN-10: 0415078512
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th July 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1

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